The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced it will host its first-ever esports event, the 2019 Wild Gaming Tournament, presented by Mall of America®. The tournament, powered by FACEIT, the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games and organizer of the inaugural NHL Gaming World Championship, will consist of two rounds of competition: an online qualifiers tournament and a live finals event at MOA®.
Players will go head-to-head in EA SPORTS NHL® 19 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during single elimination, online qualifying matches slated for February 2 and 3. The top two competitors from each of the two online qualifiers, a total of four finalists, will compete in the 2019 Wild Gaming Tournament Finals on Monday, Feb.18 in the Rotunda at Mall of America.
The finals competition will feature live best-of-three matches with the winners taking home part of a $7,400 prize purse. The in-person finals event will be live streamed onTwitch.tv/minnesotawild_official. Additionally at the finals event, the Wild will host a pro-am tournament where mall guests can face off against Minnesota Wild players. Space is limited. Special guests, including Minnesota Wild players and NHL 19 YouTubers, will be in attendance.
Registration are open. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and from a qualifying state or country to be eligible. To register, visit fce.gg/mnwild.
For more information on the 2019 Wild Gaming Tournament, visit wild.com/gaming.